Halifax theatre company recreates Sistine Chapel using projectors

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WATCH ABOVE: A new Halifax play is recreating the Sistine Chapel by using something that can be found in many classrooms. Global’s Steve Silva explains – Jun 16, 2016

A Halifax theatre company has recreated parts of the Sistine Chapel using projectors for a new play.

“It’s meant to help us focus in on the really interesting artwork that you might not be able to do if you had just painted the actual frescos,” Daniel Oulton, creative technologist for the play, said.

Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel is playing in the Halifax Central Library‘s  Paul O’Regan Hall until June 26.

The production is by 2b theatre company as part of Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Theatre Festival.

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Seven projectors illuminate sections of the ceiling and two walls, which are about seven metres tall. It took about a year and a half to develop.

“I see it as a set of tools,” Oulton said, noting that the setup isn’t meant to fully replace handmade sets.

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He said the hope is the play and its technology will be seen around the world.

The projectors are liberating, allowing crews to change the scenery to whatever they want.

“The trick is to have something that is powerful, that speaks artistically really strongly and to always, always been innovating,” Anthony Black said. Black is the artistic co-director of the company and the production’s director.

Rosa Labordé, an actor in the play, said the “world” Oulton developed “really uplifts the whole piece.”

“It engages a whole generation of theatregoers who are very attached to their screens,” she added.

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